Wednesday’s Link Attack: Affirmative Action; Comfort Women; Korean Adoptees Grow Up
Y. Peter Kang
Author: Y. Peter Kang
Posted: October 10th, 2012
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Asian Americans Benefit from Diversity in Higher Education
Center for American Progress

The U.S. Supreme Court will begin hearings today on Fisher v. University of Texas, a case that challenges the future of diversity in higher education. Specifically, it will review the constitutionality of a broad affirmative action program used to admit freshmen to the flagship university in Texas. Although the current Supreme Court ruling on affirmative action in the country’s institutions of higher education—established by Grutter v. Bollinger in 2003—determined that diversity was enough of a compelling interest in education to allow institutions to consider race as one of many factors in admissions’ decisions, this case seeks to prohibit schools from considering race whatsoever in a student’s application.

Supreme Court justices skeptical of affirmative action for college
Los Angeles Times

The Supreme Court’s conservative justices sharply questioned a lawyer defending a University of Texas affirmative action policy, suggesting they are inclined to further limit the use of race in college admissions.

Since Justice Samuel Alito replaced the retiring Justice Sandra Day O’Connor in 2006, the court has had five justices who are skeptical of affirmative action. But Wednesday marked the first time since then that the high court had heard a constitutional challenge to affirmative action in higher education.

It arose when Abigail Fisher, a rejected white applicant, sued, alleging she was denied the equal protection of the laws.

U.S. activist calls for widening Japanese understanding of sex slavery
Yonhap News

The issue of Japan’s sexual enslavement of Korean women during World War II carries universal significance, and supporting grassroots movements among the Japanese public is the key to settling the long-time grievance, a Korean-American filmmaker and civil activist said Tuesday.

‘Korea’ brings together unusual mix of people in unusual place
Yonhap News via Korea Times

Getting to know Korea — both the language and culture — is not as easy to do in Colorado, where an estimated 30,000 Koreans live, as it is in, perhaps, California or New York. Their community mostly revloves around Korean market places and public organizations, but these days, a nascent group is attracting members who are getting to know the Asian nation in a more personal way.

Liz Salibsury, 28, is one of four people who attended the first meeting of what is now called the Denver Korean Language Meetup (DKLM). A “full-blooded Korean” as she describes herself, Salisbury was adopted from Korea and brought to America when she was three months old. Her reason for getting involved with DKLM is a common one among members. “I started attending meetups to get more acquainted with my heritage. I wanted to actually learn Korean,” she said.

Memphis police charge son in mother’s death after Cordova fire
Memphis Commercial Appeal

Estelle Carron, who had taught French at a private school in Memphis for nearly 20 years and had moved earlier this year to New Orleans, returned to Memphis for a weekend visit.

But on Sunday, Memphis firefighters discovered Carron’s body while searching her Cordova home when it was damaged by a fire. The Shelby County Medical Examiner’s Office later determined that she died from strangulation, the victim of a homicide.

On Tuesday, Memphis police charged her 22-year-old son, Alexandre A. Kim, with first-degree murder. Kim was held in Shelby County Jail with no bond set.

Reward increased in killing of Yong Suk Yun
Washington Post

The reward for information leading to an arrest in the killing of a Fairfax Station man has been increased to $70,000 as detectives search for new clues two years after his homicide.

Yong Suk Yun, 61, was found dead inside his home in the 5700 block of Ladues End Court on Oct. 7, 2010. Police believe his killing stemmed from a robbery.

Yun, who owned the Dr. Wash in Chantilly, was stabbled multiple times in the upper body and detectives believe more than one person might have been involved in his death.

Dark side of inter-racial adoption surfaces with arrivals of grown-up adoptees
Yonhap News via Korea Times

Adoptees’ rights activists say many of the children sent for inter-racial adoption suffer racial and other social discrimination, constantly longing for their biological parents and homeland.

In the United States, a country where adoptees must undergo a separate procedure to obtain citizenship, more than a few adoptees never become naturalized, partly due to indifference from their adoptive parents.

According to South Korea’s health and welfare ministry and an activist group devoted to Korean adoptees’ human rights, there are 23,000 Korean adoptees in the U.S. whose citizenship status the groups do not know.

South Koreans Become More Adventurous in Their Career Choices
Wall Street Journal

South Koreans have traditionally sought jobs known as the “iron pot,” referring to employment for life, particularly in government or one of the nation’s conglomerates.

But the Asian financial crisis of the late 1990s and the prolonged economic downturn since 2008 have weakened job security at big companies, many of which have laid off workers and encouraged early retirement

That shift, as well as the sometimes stifling work culture at the chaebol and a desire to be more adventurous, has made Koreans more willing to jump from jobs at employers once considered highly prized.

Maroon 5 Keeps PSY Out Of Hot 100′s Summit Again

For a third week, Maroon 5′s “One More Night” and PSY’s viral smash “Gangnam Style” rank at Nos. 1 and 2, respectively.

A Swede Makes K-Pop Waves
Wall Street Journal

One person uniquely positioned to know is Pelle Lidell, European executive of A&R at Universal Music Publishing, who says his roster of European songwriters have sold more than 10 million K-pop records since he began writing for them in 2008. “I’ve lost track,” he says, “it might be 20 million now.”

SM Entertainment, the nation’s largest music label, has often looked abroad for songwriters—its first big girl-group, SES, had a hit in 1998 with “Dreams Come True,” a cover of the Finnish band Nylon Beat’s “Like a Fool.” But SME was frustrated by its inability to be taken seriously by international songwriters, who either ignored it or offered second-rate scraps.

Korean eatery Gaonnuri’s view trumps the new Rainbow Room’s
New York Post

Gaonnuri’s story began 10 years ago when owner Andy Sung, an architect, was asked to design offices for a Korean bank on the 37th floor of 1250 Broadway.

The view blew him away.

“I asked about putting a restaurant” on a vacant high floor, but the landlord wasn’t interested, he recalled.

South Korea-born Sung, who’s operated several delis but never a restaurant, didn’t give up his dream of a sky-high, “authentic” Korean eatery. And one with fresher air: “A lot of places have a smell” from so much tabletop barbecue. “It’s embarrassing,” he said.

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